Exercise as Medicine

Managing chronic medical conditions with exercise

Exercise, along is with nutrition, is one of the most under rated and under utilised forms of treatment for chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease to name a few. Exercise physiologists look at both the physical and mental factors to help get people moving and then keep them moving.

As seen on ABC’s Catalyst there is also research coming out of the benefits of participating exercise programs during treatment for some cancers.
Consultations may be eligible for Medicare rebates if you are under an Enhanced Primary Care plan from your GP.

Chronic Conditions we support at BodyPlan include:

  • Chronic Lower Back and Joint Pain
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia/Osteoarthritis
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation & Heart Disease: High Cholesterol, Dyslipidaemia, High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes, Pre Diabetes & Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Depression/Anxiety/PTSD


Using an Exercise Physiologist

Our Exercise Physiologists are highly trained in rehabilitation. Our testing facilities also can aid us in targeting the rehabilitation, something not available in most clinics. So many people tolerate pain when very simple techniques can be adopted that can enable you to improve your quality of life. Most importantly, our team is passionate about helping you to reach your goals.


DEXA Body Composition

Using x-ray technology (a very small amount of radiation) measures your bone mass, lean tissue mass and fat mass. As well as giving you idea of your overall lean tissue mass etc it can also be used to identify and monitor significant muscle imbalances during rehabilitation.

Metabolic Rate Testing

At BodyPlan we offer Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) testing. This information allows you to know how many calories you burn at rest. It gives you valuable information about the amount of energy you use and should be re-assessed when you feel you may be experiencing a plateau (where you are putting in all the effort but not seeing the results).

VO2 Testing

How big is your engine? VO2 testing assesses your aerobic capacity and what can ascertain what heart rate zones you need to be working in to achieve the results you are looking for.